About Us

About Barnsley Chess Club

Barnsley Chess Club is a friendly club with around 20 members.

We meet in our own downstairs room on most Tuesday nights from 7.30pm to around 10pm at:

Locke Park Working Men’s Club, 189 Park Road Barnsley. S70 1YN

We Welcome New Members

As you will see below, we welcome new members from beginners to more established players. Beginners will always find others to play against and get a good game. All we ask is that you have played at least a little chess before and are at least 16 years old or are accompanied by an adult.

The club has many positive points. We have a large room with plenty of spacing and many of us
play simply for fun. On the other hand there is an opportunity to improve your chess by playing a stronger player and discussing the game afterwards and looking at the moves if you choose.

Through the summer when there are no league matches we simply meet up, chat and play non-competitive chess against
each other. We have a mixture of players ranging from some very good ones to ‘almost beginners’. It’s a friendly atmosphere and a social occasion.

During the winter we have three teams in the Sheffield League and one in the Doncaster League and many members play in these teams although some are not interested and just want to carry on playing‘social chess.’ 

Take a break from playing against your computer and play some real over-the-board chess! It’s more interesting and sociable.

Disabled Access

There is a ramp outside the WMC  giving disabled access.

Our chess club meets in a downstairs room with disabled access although there is no disabled toilet.

 

Membership Fees

We have no formal membership fees or charges. 

However chess club members have to join the Locke Park WMC after a few weeks at a cost of £4 for the year (January to January) and £3 a year thereafter. 

We ask that attendees buy a drink at the upstairs bar to support Locke Park WMC. 

Club Events

During the summer we organise some ‘club events’. 

These events range from five minute chess games, puzzles, 20 minute handicap matches up to a club tournament. Participation is completely voluntary. 

More information can be found on the Events page.

Temporary Issues

 

Currently some over the board league chess is suspended due to Covid and may not return for a while. 

However the chess club is open for meeting and playing other players. 

Currently some of our members are taking part in over the board chess run by the Doncaster League.

Some members are also playing online individual or online team matches run by Rotherham Online Chess and the Sheffield Chess Association .

We have advice on covid precautions on our home page.

 

Venue

Barnsley Chess Club

Meets most Tuesdays at 7.30 in

Locke Park Working Mens Club

189 Park Road Barnsley S70 1YN

Phone 01226 282935

There is disabled access downstairs but no disabled toilet

Since we play in a Working Mens Club members must be 16 or over. 

Anyone less than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.